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Installing SoftMaker Office 2021 for Linux

SoftMaker Office 2021 contains a set of 64-bit applications that can be used with 64-bit (x86_64, amd64) Linux distributions. 32-bit distributions are not supported.

We test SoftMaker Office with the current versions of the following distributions and recommend choosing one of them:

Information about installation on other systems can be found here.

You can install SoftMaker Office for Linux in one of the two following ways:

  1. Via the SoftMaker repository: This is the recommended installation method if you are using a DEB or RPM-based Linux. You add the SoftMaker repository to your Linux system once and then receive all updates automatically.
  2. By downloading from our web server: You download SoftMaker Office and install it manually. When an update is released, you download the new installation package and install it again manually.

Debian

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can install SoftMaker Office and keep it up-to-date easily.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands to set up the repository and install SoftMaker Office:

su -
wget -qO - https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | apt-key add -
echo "deb https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list
apt update
apt install softmaker-office-2021

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker Office up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office to the latest available revision:

su -
apt update
apt upgrade

Alternative: Manual installation

First, download the .deb installation package of SoftMaker Office:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands to install SoftMaker Office:

su -
apt update
apt install -f ./softmaker-office-2021_1034-01_amd64.deb

Note: If you have not downloaded the .deb file to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the .deb file.

When a service pack is released, download the latest .deb installation package and install it again as just described.


Ubuntu, Linux Mint

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can install SoftMaker Office and keep it up-to-date easily.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands to set up the repository and install SoftMaker Office:

sudo -i
wget -qO - https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | apt-key add -
echo "deb https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list
apt update
apt install softmaker-office-2021

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker Office up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office to the latest available revision:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Alternative: Manual installation

First, download the .deb installation package of SoftMaker Office:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands to install SoftMaker Office:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install -f ./softmaker-office-2021_1034-01_amd64.deb

Note: If you have not downloaded the .deb file to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the .deb file.

When a service pack is released, download the latest .deb installation package and install it again as just described.


Manjaro

Manjaro includes SoftMaker Office 2021 in its repository, making its installation especially easy.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter this command to install SoftMaker Office:

sudo pamac install softmaker-office-2021

The Manjaro package manager keeps SoftMaker Office up to date automatically.


Fedora

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can install SoftMaker Office and keep it up-to-date easily.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter this command to set up the repository:

sudo wget -qO /etc/yum.repos.d/softmaker.repo https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/softmaker.repo

If you use dnf, proceed as follows to install SoftMaker Office:

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install softmaker-office-2021

If you use yum, proceed as follows to install SoftMaker Office:

sudo yum update
sudo yum install softmaker-office-2021

If Fedora prompts you to confirm the import of the SoftMaker GPG key, you should do so.

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker Office up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office to the latest available revision:

– If you use yum:

sudo yum update

– If you use dnf:

sudo dnf update

Alternative: Manual installation

Our RPM installation packages are digitally signed. Before installing SoftMaker Office, you should download our public GPG key:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window and enter this command to import the GPG key:

sudo rpm --import ./linux-repo-public.key

Note: If you have not downloaded the GPG key to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the key file.

If you skip this step, you will still be able to install SoftMaker RPM packages, but you must press Ignore when you are informed of the missing GPG key.

Then install SoftMaker Office by double-clicking on the RPM installation package.

When a service pack is released, download the latest RPM installation package and install it again with a double click.


openSUSE

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can install SoftMaker Office and keep it up-to-date easily.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands to set up the repository:

sudo zypper addrepo -f https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/rpm SoftMaker
sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ref

You must confirm these commands by entering your root password.

Then enter this command to install SoftMaker Office:

sudo zypper install softmaker-office-2021

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker Office up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker Office to the latest available revision:

– If you use zypper:

sudo zypper update

– If you use yum:

sudo yum update

– If you use dnf:

sudo dnf upgrade

Alternative: Manual installation

Our RPM installation packages are digitally signed. Before installing SoftMaker Office, you should download our public GPG key:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window and enter this command to import the GPG key:

sudo rpm --import ./linux-repo-public.key

Note: If you have not downloaded the GPG key to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the key file.

Do not skip this step, or else installation will fail with the obscure error message "Internal error" flashing shortly on the screen.

Then install SoftMaker Office by right-clicking on the RPM installation package and choosing "Open with", then "YaST Software." Press Accept to start the installation.

When a service pack is released, you can install it in the same way.


Installation on other systems

If your system is not listed here and you cannot run the installation with the instructions given above, you can install SoftMaker Office using our .tgz-based installation package.

First, download the .tgz installation package of SoftMaker Office:

Download

Unpack it:

tar xvzf ./softmaker-office-2021-1034-amd64.tgz

Note: If you have not downloaded the .tgz file to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the .tgz file.

Then run the installation script contained in it:

./installsmoffice

Restoring document icons

When you install SoftMaker Office, the icons for common document formats such as DOCX, XLSX and PPTX are assigned to SoftMaker Office. If you do not like our icon style, you can easily restore the previous icons by running this script:

sudo /usr/share/office2021/mime/remove_icons.sh

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